This is a sensible decision and one which will come as a great relief to many legal practices who have had to offer unbundled legal services to their clients in an effort to fill the void left by the swingeing legal aid cuts imposed by this government.
As professionals we must be able to restrict our liability to our clients to that which e are asked to advise upon. Without this ability, lawyers are not in a position to offer advice on an unbundled basis, which would only add to the pressures the Court system is facing due to those acting in person having little or no legal advice or guidance.
In judgment, Lord Justice Jackson agreed that Landsberg did not have an obligation to give advice beyond what she had been instructed to do. Jackson also noted that, before Landsberg’s involvement, Minkin had already received advice from another firm which had warned her that the settlement did not seem satisfactory. Agreeing, Lady Justice King (pictured) emphasised the importance of ensuring solicitors can unpack legal services without being held to a wider duty of care, especially due to the problems created by a lack of legal aid in financial remedy cases